Lilly's leg looks normal again as of today... thank goodness.
We worked on the usual stuff today... trotting, head set, leads, and being chill. She still gets a little hyper when she's anticipating something or right after a canter. It's only when we're on the rail, though. She's a cool customer when we're maneuvering the jumps in the middle of the arena. Which is odd, I think, considering how much more work we do in the middle as opposed to the outside. It seems as though she would be worse in the middle... but what do I know?
She will calm down after being hyper, but it usually requires a small circle or a stop to settle and then she'll relax and put her head down. She also very much prefers her reins very loose. She has a beautiful headset when I have my hands nearly on the buckle, but that certainly won't work for hunt seat (and she's way too fast for western). We'll get it one of these days!
I've been a little more demanding of her lately too... I don't let her get away with as much nonsense and when she messes up I let her know. I used to just move on because too much would get her riled up, but now I'll get after her a little bit or make her stop and back up. It doesn't take much, that's for sure. We've been working on keeping her head down for longer and longer periods of time.
We ended our workout with leg steering. She's doing better there too... not that it matters, but it's fun to practice and try to steer her with no reins. I even got her to back up without needing to give a little tug on the reins. It's really fun to watch her face, though... I can always see the wheels turning in her head. And if she does it wrong and I say "nooooo" she stops dead in her tracks and the wheels start turning again. Such a good girl... always trying to please. :)
Showmanship has been coming along too. I've been practicing with her that when I turn to face her she squares up. I hope it'll become as automatic as anything else. She should be watching my body language and when I turn, she squares up. Right now she tries, but sometimes I still have to fool with her feet to get them where I want them.
T -5 days until the APHA show! :) I'm getting nervous just thinking about it!